Sept. 19, 1972
Released the report of Sec. Ponce Enrile of Sept. 8, 1972 where he reported that Sen. Aquino had met with Jose Maria Sison of the Communist Party and had talked about a link-up of the Liberal Party and the Communist Party.
I attach copy of the report.
Sen. Roxas had written that they were not attending the meeting.
I attach copy of the letter.
So since I invited Sen. Pres. Puyat, Speaker Villareal, (Sen. Roy did not come) Cong. Yñiguez came I explained to the media which was covering us that when I invited the leaders of the Liberal Party I had wanted a private conference where we could, as Filipinos and for the welfare of our people, agree that neither party (Nacionalista or Liberal) would “link-up” with the Communist Party
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but their refusal to attend indicated that the Liberals were in on the deal to “link-up” with the Communists through Sen. Aquino.
We also prepared affidavits of the NPA surrenderees and captured personnel implicating Sen. Aquino.
I also attach all these papers.
This morning the Defense Establishment though the Executive Committee of the National Security Council gave a briefing on OPLAN SAGITTARIUS.
This noon I talked to Mr. Wales, Pres. of the American Chamber of Commerce on their problems of parity, the Justeneco and retail trade cases.
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Amended Civil Service Rules signed.
Delegate Calaycay with mayor and councilors of Luna, Kalinga-Apayao.
The tension and apprehension are still high.
I had to state during this afternoons interview that:
1. The link-up of the Liberal Party and the Communist Party would constitute a threat that we would have to assess in a new light.
2. The Communists have attempted to infiltrate the office of the SND and the AFP.
3. The Communists have doubled their armed strength in the last six months.